CORONAVIRUS is a new respiratory illness that has not been seen before in humans. The UK and Scottish governments and the health services are preparing for a widespread outbreak.
If you are unwell and are worried about coronavirus / Covid-19, please consult https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus or phone NHS 24 on 111 as the first point of contact for medical and clinical advice. Please do not phone Keppoch Medical Practice.
Keppoch Medical Practice is currently triaging all patients with urgent medical conditions by telephone. No bookable appointments with GPs are available until further notice. These measures have been taken to protect you, the practice staff and the community. Thank you for your understanding.
FOR ALL THE LATEST GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION, CHECK THE NHS WEBSITE (summary below) -
Symptoms and Medical Advice
The most common symptoms are recent onset of a new and continuous cough and/or a high temperature (37.8C or above) and/or breathlessness. If symptoms worsen during home isolation, or if you are no better after 7 days, phone NHS 24 on 111.
Anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days. All other members of the household should stay at home for 14 days.
Community Assessment Centres (CACs) are opening to help combat Covid-19 by providing a more streamlined service to assess people presenting with symptoms. A CAC has opened in Barr Street in the old Woodside Health Centre and is staffed by GPs and Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs). Attendance at these hubs are strictly by appointment only following telephone assessment. The CACs will not provide testing facilities. They will ensure that hospitals can concentrate on helping those with the most serious illnesses and that GPs can focus on providing care to patients with other complex health issues.
If you have no symptoms but need further information or general advice, phone the NHS24 helpline on 0800 028 2816.
Social Distancing Guidance
For information on what social distancing means, please click on the following link. The guidance is available in several languages:- Social Distancing Guidance
Testing is not being offered routinely to individuals staying at home.
If your employer asks you for an isolation note, go to https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
MINOR AILMENT SERVICE
This service is being extended to allow anyone who has a minor illness or a common condition, and who is registered with a GP practice, to speak to a member of the pharmacy team for advice and treatment without the need to see their GP. For further information, follow this link and select the Minor Ailments tab - Minor Ailment Service - enhanced access .
GENERAL HEALTH ADVICE
This is peak season for respiratory and flu-like illnesses. There will be many people with symptoms of cough, fever and shortness of breath unrelated to coronavirus.
To protect yourself and others, it is best to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
- Bin the tissue afterwards.
- To kill germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.
Be assured that Scotland is always well prepared for these types of outbreak and will remain vigilant. Public health and infectious disease experts are working around the clock.